Kansas Senate approves voting amendment, House next

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February 17, 2010

TOPEKA, Kansas: A proposed ballot measure eliminating mental illness as a voting disqualification has one more step in order to make it to the November 2, 2010 ballot. On February 16, 2010, the Kansas State Senate approved of the proposed constitutional amendment by a vote of 38-1. The next hurdle for the measure is an approval of two-thirds of the Kansas House of Representatives.

According to supporters of the amendment, a "mental illness" category is too general and affects as much as 25 percent of Kansas residents. Proponents also are arguing that disqualifying those with mental illnesses violates the United States Constitution and other laws that prohibit discriminating the disabled.[1]

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